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Last call for comments on ADOT’s passenger rail study

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Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 3:58 pm

There are just two days left if you want to add your voice to the Arizona Department of Transportation’s rail study. Now is the time to let ADOT know what you think about passenger rail between Phoenix and Tucson.

This fall, ADOT collected comments during the public involvement phase of the feasibility study. The agency has participated in community events in Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties to gather input, and encouraged comments online. Dec. 15 marks the last day for comments, so now is the time to tell the transportation department what you think. So far, ADOT has received nearly 2,800 completed surveys from community members around Arizona.

ADOT wants to reach out to community members to get ideas and opinions on the seven options currently under evaluation. Commenting is easy. Go to www.azdot.gov/passengerrail, where you will find the online survey, along with an informational booklet, video and maps of the seven alternatives.

In the year since the first public involvement campaign, ADOT has identified six potential rail alternatives and one express bus alternative that could link the two metropolitan areas, while meeting demands for future growth and travel options along Interstate 10, one of the busiest interstate corridors in Arizona. The alternatives for passenger rail all focus on a blended service that would provide both an express service that directly connects Phoenix and Tucson and a regional commuter service that would allow passengers to board the train at stations located in different communities along the selected alignment.

ADOT expects to narrow the list to two or three alternatives in the spring of 2013, once the public input and technical analysis have been evaluated. A final alternative will likely be announced towards the end of 2013.

Should the study conclude that a passenger rail line is feasible between Phoenix and Tucson, ADOT would complete further planning, design and environmental studies and development activities prior to construction of any segment in the corridor. There is currently no funding identified to build a passenger rail line. ADOT will work with the public, stakeholders and policymakers to identify a funding source, should the project move forward.

For more information about ADOT’s Passenger Rail Corridor Study, visit www.azdot.gov/passengerrail.

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